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  • • Focus on what you can influence when there is a lot out of your control.
  • • Get the skills to prioritize in the midst of overwhelming outside forces.
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Construction Executive's 2022 Construction Economic Forecast

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT)
Length: 90 minutes
Speaker(s):   

Anirban Basu, chief economist, Associated Builders and Contractors

Moderators:   

Chris Durso, editor-in-chief, ABC National; Maggie Murphy, managing editor, ABC National; Rachel O’Connell, assistant editor, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

Anirban Basu, chief economist for Associated Builders and Contractors, returns to present Construction Executive’s 2022 Construction Industry Economic Update and Forecast. Basu will take a look back at the stronger-than-expected recovery effort this year and shed some light on what the future holds.

This presentation will review the latest in both construction and general economic indicators. Discussion topics will cover movement on the infrastructure package; the latest on jobs and unemployment reports; the impact of the end of extended unemployment benefits; materials prices and shipping costs; as well as a review of the latest ABC Construction Confidence Index and Construction Backlog Indicator reports. Wherever the industry goes, be sure Basu will cover it!

Sign up for this 60-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of live Q&A. You may submit questions in advance while registering for this webinar.

SPEAKER INFO

Anirban Basu is chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore.
In 2014, Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. He is also the chief economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and chief economic adviser to the Construction Financial Management Association. He lectures at Johns Hopkins University in global strategy and has also taught international economics, urban economics and micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins. His radio show can be heard weekdays on WYPR FM in, Baltimore.

Mr. Basu earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign service at Georgetown University, master’s in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a master’s in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Basu also has a juris doctor at the University of Maryland School of Law and completed doctoral work in health economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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The Future of Construction Is Modular

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Speaker(s):   

Ray Boff, DPR Construction; Tom Hardiman, Modular Building Institute

Moderators:   

Chris Durso, editor-in-chief, ABC National; Maggie Murphy, managing editor, ABC National; Rachel O’Connell, assistant editor, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

In the past five years, the use of modular construction methods has doubled in the United States. It’s expected to represent more than 10% of all construction work by the year 2030. Shifting construction away from traditional sites and into factories is enabling contractors to build faster and better—reducing claims by standardizing work and creating opportunities for improved quality assurance. In addition, modular construction holds the promise of significantly boosting productivity, an area where the industry has lagged behind other sectors.

Join our panel of experts to learn what modular construction is all about, including considerations for going modular and how contractors have used it to enable growth while improving the quality of their projects. By the end of the program, you’ll understand how modular construction can help contractors:

  • • Alleviate the effects of a lack of skilled workers, including helping to attract new talent to the industry.
  • • Manage the construction backlog with existing personnel.
  • • Reduce claims and defects through improved quality control.
  • • Finish projects faster, enabling contractors to take on more work.
  • • Bid on bigger projects.

SPEAKER INFO

Ray Boff, National Prefab Leader, DPR Construction
Ray Boff is an experienced prefabrication and modular leader, general manager and operations director with a demonstrated history of working in the commercial, health care, hospitality and government markets, among others. He is skilled in component prefab, modular manufacturing, lean, construction project management, design and engineering management, building information modeling, virtual design and construction, operations management and global supply chain management.

Tom Hardiman, Executive Director, Modular Building Institute
Tom Hardiman has been executive director of the Modular Building Institute since January 2004 and manages the governance of the organization, in addition to serving as the MBI government affairs director. He has been a registered lobbyist at the federal level in Congress, as well as at the state level in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Hardiman has also led grassroots advocacy efforts in 20 other states.

An experienced association executive, Hardiman was previously executive director with Associated Builders and Contractors West Virginia, where he served as a registered lobbyist and administered an educational foundation. He received his Certified Association Executive designation in 2000 from the American Society of Association Executives. Prior to association management, Hardiman assisted small businesses and entrepreneurs with business plans and loan packages as director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. He has also worked in the economic development, banking and insurance fields. Hardiman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration at Marshall University.

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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government has provided more than $6 trillion in relief funding to address the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC advocated for and supported critical bipartisan policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. However, ABC also expressed concerns regarding the most recent $1.9 trillion legislation passed under budget reconciliation and signed into law without bipartisan support.

ABC now urges Congress and the administration to focus on critical policies that will ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback.

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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit examining the DOL’s Wage and House Divisions survey process for collecting and determining the prevailing wage rate in four types of construction projects. According to the report, the OIG found that, as of September 2018, 3% of WHD’s 134,738 unique published rates, roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years. Additionally, of seven sampled surveys that analyzed 124 wage rates, the OIG found 48% of the rates were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented. Finally, the report found union wages prevailed for 48% of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8% of the U.S. private construction workforce is unionized.

 

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The Heritage Foundation: Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

According to a report issued by the Heritage Foundation, the United States Department of Labor   uses unscientific and flawed methods to estimate the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage rates. The report found, amongst other findings, that current surveys do not use statistically representative samples have tiny sample sizes and combine data from economically unrelated counties or set local wages using statewide data. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveys are over a decade old and don’t account for economic changes over the last ten year. The report concludes by suggesting the DOL should switch to Bureau of Labor Statistics data to get a more accurate reading of wage data.

 

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Overview of New Hotel Engine and Travelers Haven Programs

Date: Thursday, July 1, 2018 Watch Now
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Length: 30 Minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Drew McGeein

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
This webinar provides an overview of the new Hotel Engine/Travelers Haven discount programs.  In addition to an overview, a demo of the online platform features for each program is reviewed.
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George Mason University: Prevailing Wage Legislation and the Continuing Significance of Race

A study released in June 2018 by the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School found that prevailing wage laws discriminate against minority construction workers who have been traditionally underrepresented in labor unions. By examining the Davis-Bacon Act and the original intent of the law to exclude African-American construction workers from working on federal projects, to looking at the continuing effects of prevailing wage laws and the lack of minority participation in labor unions, the authors conclude  that prevailing wage legislation has been a disaster for minority construction workers.

 

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Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence Finds Flawed and Outdated Prevailing Wage Calculation Process

A study released by the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence found that the
prevailing wage determination process utilized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry leads to inaccurate wage rates on construction projects. A disproportionate 75 percent of prevailing wages reflected union rates in the period analyzed in the study, even though just 32 percent of private construction workers in Minnesota belong to a union. The authors also discovered that 72 percent of all prevailing wage rates were set using old rates, imported rates or a combination of both.  

 

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Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion: Update on Final Report and Other Significant Apprenticeship Issues

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Watch Now
Time: 2 p.m. (ET) / 1 p.m. (CT) / 12 p.m. (MT) / 11 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 Minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Michael D. Bellaman, President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  Greg Sizemore, ABC Vice President of HSE and Workforce Development  

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
On Oct. 6, 2017, Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), was appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s Executive Order 13801 June 15, 2017.

ABC served on two of the four task force subcommittees—those charged with attracting business to apprenticeship and expanding access, equity and career awareness. The subcommittees offered numerous recommendations, which were detailed in the final apprenticeship report issued on May 10. Read the rest of entry »
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